06 Jul Ohio’s Political Battles Over Pot Are Creating Unusual Alliances
Just in the past week, the politics of legalizing marijuana in Ohio in 2015 has created strange bedfellows – conservative legislators and longtime marijuana activists who want to stop the initiative of the private group ResponsibleOhio.
The Ohio Legislature has placed on the Nov. 3 ballot a proposed constitutional amendment that would forbid any addition to the state constitutional creating “a monopoly, oligopoly or cartel,” especially to sell and distribute a federally controlled substance, such as marijuana.
Several hours before the Ohio Senate voted June 30 on the anti-monopoly initiative, ResponsibleOhio turned in 695,273 signatures of Ohio voters to the state to put its Marijuana Legalization Amendment on this year’s ballot. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted will need several weeks to ensure that the correct number of signatures to qualify, 305,591, are valid.
If ResponsibleOhio’s petition campaign succeeds, voters will go into the polling booth with a curious choice. If both initiatives win, the legislature’s language goes into effect immediately, aned ResponsibleOhio’s proposal would be dead in the water. Then the election lawyers head for court with the inevitable legal challenges. [Read more at the Cincinnati Enquirer]
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